Revealing Christ

As you make your way through the biblical witness, you’ll notice that God has always had people in the wilderness: Moses, Caleb, Joshua, David, Elijah, Paul, etc. And then there was John.

John wasn’t a sophisticated person. There was nothing about his clothing (camel’s hair), his diet (locusts and wild honey) or his message (“Make straight the way for the Lord”) that was refined. It’s hard to imagine someone asking John a question and him replying, “Well, it’s complicated.” With him, what you saw was what you got. The wilderness tends to do that. It reduces us down to our essence. There’s no place for the frivolous, fancy or non-essential.

My guess is that many of us are finding that to be true regarding our current situation. We are unlayering and that’s not a bad thing. We’re learning what we can live without as well as being reminded of the beauty (and joy) of simplicity.

But John wasn’t in the wilderness for lifestyle rehab. He was there on a mission—the reason I came baptizing in water was that He might be revealed to Israel (John 1:31). Both through his words and his actions he did just that. If John was a checklist kind of person, he could have put a big check in that box.

While our wilderness is decidedly different than John’s, our purpose isn’t. Like him, we are to reveal Jesus through our words and deeds. But that can be a challenge because it’s a little harder to measure our revealing of Christ compared to John’s.  For him things were as clear cut as he was: he preached about Jesus and when Christ came to Him to be baptized, he did it and that was that. By comparison, our revealing seems a little . . . well, murky. After all, it might not seem like you are revealing Christ as you do your job as you’ve always done it, put Sam and Sidney through their paces in home school, or simply do whatever your part might be at this time. But that might be because it’s easy to overfocus on self . . .

and forget the amazing things God can do with a few loaves and a couple of fish.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. (2 Corinthians 2:14).

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